Get intimate with Sarah Silverman
If you've seen Silverman perform before, you have an idea of what to expect from this set. She tells incredibly vulgar, bordering on obscene jokes with a kewpie-doll delivery that somehow amplifies how inappropriate they are, rather than diluting the effect. Though less hacky than Wendy Liebman, Silverman employs a similar misdirection technique in some jokes, starting out a statement innocently, before perverting it. Unlike Liebman, who would use the same rhythm repeatedly, Silverman sells the idea more, making it more effective and certainly funnier.
As is her style, Silverman goes to her usual bag of filthy tricks, with plenty of talk about her vagina, and many variations on that topic, along with many rather disgusting sexual gags that touch on a number of, frankly, illegal ideas. Though she manages to draw laughs with these bits, including her strange way of saying a certain anatomical word in order to make it gross, sometimes it seems like she's just being nasty for nasty's sake. It becomes a big numbing when these bits are piled one on top of another, like a section on rape jokes (which has some very pointed moments in it) that follows a joke involving 9/11 widows. Maybe on their own it could work, but this pacing doesn't help.
Known for having an interest in social issues, Silverman's set is peppered with some less scatalogical bits (though that angle is never far away) including talk of religion (focusing on how Scientology is only weird because it's new) and politics (like the battles between Democrats and Republicans.) As she talks about the concept of the separation between church and state (and how fictitious it is), it makes you wish she would try to leave the shock-value jokes on the side once in a while. She doesn't have to become a new Janeane Garofalo, but you don't always have to go to the extremes to get a laugh.
The audio is delivered in a Dolby Digital 5.1 track that does a nice job of replicating the room's atmosphere, with SIlverman's distortion-free voice in the center channel, and the audience in the surrounds. There's not a whole lot that could be done with this special, but this release doesn't mess it up either.
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